Naoya Inoue’s “next target” Tapales: Why is he so confident despite the overwhelming odds against him? What we found in the exclusive interview with Tapales is “a little creepy

Good afternoon. Today’s article is about Naoya Inoue.

Marlon Tapales (age 31) talks about his desire to fight Naoya Inoue (age 30) in a four-team unification bout, which is expected to be realized.

According to NumberWeb on September 11, Naoya Inoue (Ohashi) has his sights set on the WBA super bantamweight and WBO super bantamweight champions after defeating Stephen Fulton (USA) in July, and the “Monster” is looking to unify the WBA and WBO by the end of the year. He is favored to fight WBA Super Bantamweight and IBF super bantamweight champion Marlon Tapales of the Philippines in a four-way unification bout in his next bout, scheduled for later this year.

Tapales, a 31-year-old veteran, has 37 wins (19 KOs) and three losses. He has won two weight classes, bantam and super bantam, and is a talented fighter with power, technique, and speed. Although he is up and down from fight to fight, Inoue is sure to have an overwhelming advantage in the four-crown bout, but the southpaw with the nickname of “Nightmare” is a force to be reckoned with.  Tapales came to the U.S. in late August and has been training from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. On August 24, we met with Tapales at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood before he began his training camp in Vegas and spoke with him at length. The southpaw, who is aiming to become the first Filipino champion to unify four organizations, spoke of his respect for Inoue, but did not hide his determination to give “The Monster” nightmares as well.

–What is your favorite food?

MT I love Japanese food. Wagyu beef steak is the best. After fighting “monsters” in Japan, I definitely want to enjoy my favorite Japanese food (laughs).

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